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Discovery of the Most Ultra-Luminous QSO Using GAIA, SkyMapper, and WISE

Wolf, Christian; Bian, Fuyan; Onken, Christopher; Schmidt, Brian; Tisserand, Patrick; Alonzi, Noura; Hon, Wei Jeat; Tonry, John


We report the discovery of the ultra-luminous quasi-stellar object SMSS J215728.21−360215.1 with magnitude z = 16.9 and W4 = 7.42 at redshift 4.75. Given absolute magnitudes of M145, AB = −29.3, M300, AB = −30.12, and logLbol/Lbol, ⊙ = 14.84, it is the quasi-stellar object with the highest unlensed UV-optical luminosity currently known in the Universe. It was found by combining proper-motion data from Gaia DR2 with photometry from SkyMapper DR1 and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. In...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
DOI: 10.1017/pasa.2018.22
Access Rights: Open Access


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